You Know, I Gotta Wonder...
This could go in either the long gun section or the politics section. I kinda' like it here though.
I have to wonder what would happen if, at age 16 in our schools, kids started a hand-to-hand combat curriculum. (Reference Japan - I have known a lot of Japanese businessmen and they all had to take Judo in highschool.) In addition to that, what if marksmanship and safety training were started with Daisy air rifles?
At age 17-18 (or senior in highschool), they would start practicing with .22s. These .22s would be something inexpensive, perhaps surplus/C&R like the M1969 Romanian trainer. Nice, simple, well balanced, and very inexpensive.
At graduation everyone who passed with a C or better in this class would be given a Mosin-Nagant rifle or carbine along with 100 rounds of surplus ammo for familiarization, and 40 rounds of say, Brown Bear, Winchester, S&B, or Wolf soft point to put in their surplus ammunition holders.
Then, the rifle could be put up in the closet or shot, depending, as the schools would no longer have control, but rather the former students would be in charg of practice.
I doubt crime would go up, but maybe terrorism would go down? Especially since private citizens are not exactly bound by the rules of war as is the military.
Think about it: All this could be done for right around $300 per person over a three year period. This includes firearms and ammunition with enough left over to pay the H2H instructor.
It probably wouldn't be possible to give everyone an AR15, but a slightly modified C&R rifle like a Mosin-Nagant which can be had for right around $70 if you have a C&R license or through a marksmanship program, would be very doable.
Just do away with something worthless like Home Economics. If you can't figure out how to live, then I doubt a class in school will make much difference one way or another.